A pre-professional theater group that produces plays with a focus on the relationship between actor, text, and audience
LIFE IS A DREAM
By Pedro Calderón de la Barca In a New Translation by Isaac B Ellis
Directed by Isaac B Ellis Stage Manager: James Ingagiola Costume Design: Amanda Barnett Props: Anne S Rhoades Publicity Coordinator: Rachel Robbins Toon Poster Design: Steve Elliott House Manager: Amanda Barnett
BASILIO, King of Poland: David Widmayer SEGISMUNDO, his son: Jeffrey Shawn Miller ASTOLFO, his nephew: Stebert Davenport ESTRELLA, his niece: Lauren Megan McCarthy CLOTALDO, a nobleman: Joseph McDonald ROSAURA, a lady: Mouse Courtois CLARÍN, a clown: Jessica Feathers ACTOR 1: Jenna Hinton ACTOR 2: Cydney Heed
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
by William Shakespeare
Directed by James Ingagiola Stage Manager: Alexa Ducsay Costumes and Props: Anne S. Rhoades Publicity Coordinator: Isaac B. Ellis
What is love? High romance? Domestic bliss? Animal lust? The forest is the setting for young lovers escaping parental constraints, a fairy queen and king at war, and a band of “rude mechanicals” with misguided theatrical ambitions. Love matches and mismatches abound as The Brass Tacks Ensemble presents Shakespeare’s timeless comedy about the nature (and insanity) of love.
Theseus/Oberon: David Widmayer Hippolyta/Titania: Christina D’Amato Philostrate/Puck/Starveling: Liane Golightly Lysander/Flute/Moth: Greg Kovas Demetrius/Bottom: Jeffrey Miller Hermia/Snout/Mustardseed: Mary Conley Helena/Snug/Cobweb: Laura Tanner Egeus/Quince/Peaseblossom: Jenna Hinton
Thank you for joining us for our “Dream” season! We are pleased to be bringing you two terrific shows this year: Calderon’s Life Is A Dream (in a new translation by our very own Isaac Ellis) this spring and Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream this summer.
Since 1999, with our inaugural production of King Lear, The Brass Tacks Ensemble has been dedicated to producing shows that strip away the excess and focus on the essentials of theater: Actor. Text. Audience. No frills, no elaborate sets, no outlandish costumes. Just the faith in our audience’s ability to fill in the gaps with its imagination. To fully create the world of the play that we only suggest on the stage. To explore themes that are universal to us all–love, death, joy, pain, community, solitude. Through this dream we create together in the theater, we come to a greater understanding of our reality. And we continue to imagine, to create, to explore when we leave…